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Graduate & Professional Studies Financial Aid & Cost Information

Ouachita Baptist University has the following aid options available to graduate students.

Federal Aid Options

To apply for federal aid, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at studentaid.gov. Students enrolled in a graduate program are considered independent on the FAFSA and are not required to include parental information.

Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan – Graduate students can take out up to $20,500 per year in the Unsubsidized Loan. Visit studentaid.gov for more information on current fees and interest rates.

Graduate Plus Loan – Once a graduate student has exhausted their unsubsidized loan eligibility, the Graduate Plus loan can be taken out in an amount up to the student’s cost of attendance. This loan is taken out in the student’s name, and a credit check is required. Visit studentaid.gov for more information on current fees and interest rates.

Teach Grant – The Teach Grant is available to both undergraduate and graduate students who are willing to teach full time for at least four years in a high-need field at a low-income elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency. Interested students should submit the Teach Grant Request Form.

Private Aid Options

Private alternative loans offer a little more flexibility than federal loans, but may lack some of the repayment benefits. A credit check is required, and the interest rate will be based on the applicant’s credit. Sometimes a cosigner will be required. The interest rates can range from 3% to 12% and could potentially be lower than the interest rate on a federal loan.

More information about private alternative loans and their online applications can be found here.

Please reach out to Gina Tolbert at tolbertg@obu.edu if you have any questions about financial aid.

*Students must be enrolled in a degree seeking program to be eligible to receive federal aid at Ouachita. Students who are non-degree seeking or who are enrolled in a certificate program are not eligible to receive federal aid at Ouachita, but are eligible to pursue private aid options.

 

View the costs estimates for each individual program here:

Tuition and fees are determined by the Board of Trustees and updated annually.

Tuition per graduate credit hour: $750
Estimated total tuition and fees for full 36-hour program: $27,685

 

Estimated Cost of Attendance

2023-24 ABA Estimated Cost of Attendance Worksheet  
  Program: ABA
Fall 2023
7 hrs
Program: ABA
Spring 2024
7 hrs ONL
Program: ABA
Summer 2024
7 hrs ONL
1. Tuition (7 hours x $750 per semester) $5,250 $5,250 $5,250
2. Fees $125 $125 $125
3. Room/Board $4,464 $4,464 $2,976
4. Books/Supplies $550 $550 $550
5. Personal Expenses $3,033 $3,033 $2,022
6. Transportation $923 $923 $615
       
7. Estimated Total Cost of Attendance $14,345 $14,345 $11,538
8. Direct Cost to OBU (tuition and fees only) $5,375 $5,375 $5,375
       
1. Tuition – $750 PER CREDIT HOUR – ABA PROGRAM.
2. Fees – $125 Technology Fee per semester (and a $50 graduation fee in the final semester).
3. Room & Board – Ouachita uses the College Board figures from regional surveys. Off campus monthly budget is $992.
4. Books/Supplies – Costs listed is an estimate.
5. Personal Expenses – Includes personal items, haircuts, etc. Also includes cap and gown, background checks, health related expenses (shots and exams), insurance and professional memberships.
6. Transportation – Covers the use of a car or public transportation.

2022-23 ABA Estimated Cost of Attendance Worksheet  
  Program: ABA May/Summer 2022 9 hrs ONL (11 weeks) Program: ABA Fall 2022 9 hrs ONL (16 weeks) Program: ABA Spring 2023 9 hrs ONL (16 weeks) Program: ABA Summer 2023 9 hrs ONL (11 weeks)
1. Tuition (9 hours x $750 per semester) $6,750 $6,750 $6,750 $6,750
2. Fees $115 $120 $120 $170
3. Room/Board $3,212 $4,068 $4,068 $2,712
4. Books/Supplies $550 $550 $550 $550
5. Personal Expenses $1,843 $2,764 $2,764 $1,843
6. Transportation $563 $845 $845 $563
         
7. Estimated Total Cost of attendance $13,032 $15,097 $15,097 $12,587
8. Direct cost to OBU (tuition and fees only) $6,860 $6,870 $6,870 $6,920
         
1. Tuition – $750 PER CREDIT HOUR – ABA PROGRAM.
2. Fees – $120 Technology Fee per semester starting fall 2022 and a $50 graduation fee in the final semester.
3. Room & Board – Ouachita uses the College Board figures from regional surveys. Off campus monthly budget is $904.18. The first May/Summer session includes $500 for intensive bootcamp on campus.
4. Books/Supplies – Costs listed is an estimate.
5. Personal Expenses – Includes personal items, haircuts, etc. Also includes cap and gown, background checks, health related expenses (shots and exams), insurance and professional memberships.
6. Transportation – Covers the use of a car or public transportation.

 

Tuition per graduate credit hour: $500
Estimated total tuition and fees for full 30-hour program: $15,765*

*based on full-time attendance

 

Estimated Cost of Attendance

2023-24 Curriculum & Instruction Estimated Cost of Attendance Worksheet
  Program: M. Ed
Fall 2023
6 hrs
Program: M. Ed
Spring 2024
6 hrs
Program: M. Ed
Summer 2024
3 hrs
1. Tuition (6 hours x $500 per hour) $3,000 $3,000 $1,500
2. Fees $125 $125 $125
3. Room/Board $4,464 $4,464 $2,976
4. Books/Supplies $550 $550 $550
5. Personal Expenses $3,032 $3,032 $2,022
6. Transportation $923 $923 $615
       
7. Estimated Total Cost of Attendance $12,094 $12,094 $7,788
8. Direct Cost to OBU (tuition and fees only) $3,125 $3,125 $1,625
       
1. Tuition – $500 PER CREDIT HOUR  Tuition listed is based on full time - 6 hours per term. Cost will vary based on the number of hours student is enrolled.
2. Fees – $125 Technology Fee per semester and a $50 graduation fee in the final semester.
3. Room & Board – Ouachita uses the College Board figures from regional surveys. Off campus monthly budget is $992.
4. Books/Supplies – Costs listed is an estimate.
5. Personal Expenses – Includes personal items, haircuts, etc. Also includes cap and gown.
6. Transportation – Covers the use of a car or public transportation.

2022-23 Curriculum & Instruction Estimated Cost of Attendance Worksheet
  Program: M. Ed Summer 2022 Program: M. Ed Fall 2022 6 hrs ONL (16 weeks) Program: M. Ed Spring 2023 6 hrs ONL (16 weeks)
1. Tuition (6 hours x $500 per hour) $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
2. Fees $115 $120 $120
3. Room/Board $2,712 $4,068 $4,068
4. Books/Supplies $550 $550 $550
5. Personal Expenses $1,843 $2,764 $2,764
6. Transportation $563 $845 $845
       
7. Estimated Total Cost of attendance $8,783 $11,347 $11,347
8. Direct cost to OBU (tuition and fees only) $3,115 $3,120 $3,120
       
1. Tuition – $500 PER CREDIT HOUR  Tuition listed is based on a full time 6 hours per term. Cost will vary based on the number of hours student is enrolled.
2. Fees – $120 Technology Fee per semester and a $50 graduation fee in the final semester.
3. Room & Board – Ouachita uses the College Board figures from regional surveys. Off campus monthly budget is $904.18.
4. Books/Supplies – Costs listed is an estimate.
5. Personal Expenses – Includes personal items, haircuts, etc. Also includes cap and gown.
6. Transportation – Covers the use of a car or public transportation.
Tuition per graduate credit hour: $750
Estimated total tuition and fees for 18-hour Dietetic Internship program: $13,905


Additional scholarship information can be found through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

 

Estimated Cost of Attendance

2022-23 Dietetic Internship Estimated Cost of Attendance Worksheet
    Fall 2022
9 hrs
ONLINE
Spring 2023
9 hrs
ONLINE
1. Tuition ($750 per hour)    $6,750  $6,750
2. Fees    $195  $210
3. Room/Board    $4,068  $4,068
4. Books/Supplies    $1,035  $550
5. Personal Expenses    $2,764  $2,764
6. Transportation    $845  $845
       
7. Estimated Total Cost of Attendance    $15,657  $15,187
8. Direct Cost to OBU (tuition and fees only)    $6,945  $6,960
       
1. Tuition is $750 per credit hour for the Dietetics Internship. Each semester will consist of nine credit hours.
2. Fees – Lab Fee $35 - fall, Parking Fee $40 - fall and spring, Technology Fee $120 - fall and spring, and Graduation Fee $50 - spring.
3. Room & Board – Ouachita uses the College Board figures from regional surveys. Off campus monthly budget is $904.18.
4. Books/Supplies – Costs listed can only be used as an estimate. The cost of lab coat ($100) and the Inman RD study exam ($385) are added during the fall semester.
5. Personal Expenses – Clothing, personal items, haircuts, etc. Also includes cap and gown, background checks, health related expenses (shots and exams), insurance, and professional memberships.
6. Transportation – Covers the use of a car or public transportation.
Tuition per graduate credit hour: $750
Tuition and fees for 18-hour M.S. in nutrition program: $13,795


Additional scholarship information can be found through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

 

Estimated Cost of Attendance

2022-23 Masters of Science in Nutrition Estimated Cost of Attendance
    Summer 2023
9 hrs
ONLINE
Fall 2023
9 hrs
ONLINE
1. Tuition ($750 per hr)   $6,750 $6,750
2. Fees   $120 $175
3. Room/Board   $2,712 $4,464
4. Books/Supplies   $550 $550
5. Personal Expenses   $1,843 $3,032
6. Transportation   $563 $923
       
7. Estimated Total Cost of Attendance   $12,538 $15,894
8. Direct Cost to OBU (tuition and fees only)   $6,870 $6,925
       
1. Tuition: $750 PER CREDIT HOUR – MS Nutrition
2. Fees: Technology Fee is $120 for 2022-23, and $125 for 2023-24 year. Graduation fee is $50.
3. Room & Board: Ouachita uses the College Board figures from regional surveys. Off campus monthly budget is $904 for 2022-23 year, and $992 per month for the 2023-24 year.
4. Books/Supplies: Best estimate
5. Personal Expenses: Clothing, personal items, haircuts, entertainment, etc.
6. Transportation: Covers use of a car or public transportation. Not intended for purchase of car.
Tuition per graduate credit hour: $750
Estimated total tuition and fees for 36-hour M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship program: $27,670


Additional scholarship information can be found through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

 

Estimated Cost of Attendance

2023-24 MSDI Estimated Cost of Attendance Worksheet
  Fall 2023
9 hrs
online & on campus
Spring 2024
9 hrs
online & on campus
Summer 2024
9 hrs
online
Fall 2024
9 hrs
online
1. Tuition ($750 per hr) $6,750 $6,750 $6,750 $6,750
2. Fees $200 $165 $125 $180
3. Room / Board $4,464 $4,464 $2,976 $4,464
4. Books / Supplies $858 $550 $500 $565
5. Personal Expenses $3,032 $3,032 $2,022 $3,032
6. Transportation $923 $923 $615 $923
         
7. Estimated Total Cost of Attendance $16,227 $15,884 $12,988 $15,914
8. Direct Cost to OBU (Tuition & Fees only) $6,950 $6,915 $6,875 $6,930
         
1. Tuition: $750 PER CREDIT HOUR. Each semester will consist of 9 credit hours.
2. Fees: Technology Fee: $125 (Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024), $130 (Fall 2024)
Parking Fee: $40 (Fall 2023, Spring 2024)
Lab Fee: $35 (Fall 2023)
Graduation Fee: $50 (Fall 2024)
3. Room & Board: Ouachita uses the College Board figures from regional surveys. Off-campus budget is $992 per month for the 2023-24 year.
4. Books / Supplies: $500 per semester. In FALL: Added the cost of a lab coat, 2 sets of scrubs, typhon group student tracking system, student membership to "A.N.D." In SPRING: added conference fee. Final semester includes $65 cap and gown cost.
5. Personal Expenses: Background check, drug screen, physical exam, vaccinations / immunizations, Health insurance, Liability insurance, RD exam cost, clothing, personal items, haircuts, entertainment, etc.
6. Transportation Covers use of a car or public transportation. Not intended for purchase of car. 

*Our Dietetic Internship will be combined into our Master of Science in Nutrition program beginning in the 23-24 Academic Year, and will no longer be offered as a separate program.

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